New Parkland trustee named

The Parkland College Board of Trustees swore in its newest member Wednesday (Oct. 18) during its regular session.
Jonathan Westfield of Savoy was selected Tuesday evening following public interviews with four finalists to fill the vacancy left by Rochelle Harden's resignation in late September. He will serve until the next election in 2019.

Five Wishes living will presentation

Maple Point Supportive Living is hosting a free, public workshop on completing the Five Wishes living will form. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1.

Bement honors former village board member

By Christy Jankowski
Journal-Republican correspondent

The Bement village board last week said goodbye to former trustee Steve Rittenhouse, honoring him with a moment of silence at their meeting on Oct. 10.

Village Board President Pat Tieman stated, “we thought as a board he deserved that. I already miss him.”

Rep. Davis announces open office hours

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has announced open office hours for the remainder of October. Davis will meet with constituents individually or in small groups about issues important to them.

Meetings are planned for Clinton and Monticello.

School continues renovation discussion

The Monticello school board has yet to settle on a specific high school building upgrade plan, but did decide Wednesday to investigate ways to get a ballot question to below $30 million. A majority of the eight plans currently under consideration start at around $32 million.

DeLand water project on track

DeLand’s water project is within a week of being on schedule, according to an update given at a progress meeting with contractors on Oct. 11.


Paint Piatt Pink fundraisers underway

The different departments at Kirby Medical Center are holding a light-hearted competition to help raise money for the annual Paint Piatt Pink breast cancer awareness effort. The public can vote for their favorite window decoration by dropping change into the department’s bucket. The winner will receive a goody basket from the Paint Piatt Pink committee.

HCE annual meeting Oct. 26

The Annual Meeting of the Piatt County HCE will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Argenta Community Building. State President of IAHCE (Illinois Association of Home and Community Education) Jane Chapman will be the special guest and speaker, and new Piatt County officers for 2018 will be installed.

Empty downtown building sold to developer

Champaign developer Spencer Atkins won’t waste any time in remodeling the former bank building at 100 W. Washington St. in downtown Monticello.

County trying to bridge funding shortfall

A dip in expected revenue sent the Piatt County board scrambling recently to find $700,000 to balance its 2018 budget, which will be approved next month.

Through extensive budget meetings, County Board Chairman Randy Keith said the shortfall has been made up on paper, and with that presented a balanced budget at the Oct. 11 county board session.

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